“Do not let that hope die! Stake your lives on it! We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father’s love for us and our real capacity to become the image of his Son (Pope John Paul II).”
I’ve been there. I know how it feels to be stuck. I know how it feels to be discouraged. I know how it feels to want to give up and throw in the towel. Yes, I’m a priest…but I’m human. Somehow I used to be afraid to admit that. But believe me, I’ve been there.
It’s a New Year, which means it’s time for new beginnings. And if you’re stuck, if you’re feeling depressed, if you’re feeling like you want to give up on the Lord or that the Lord has given up on you, I’m exhorting you to make a decision today.
Let me explain.
There’s a tremendous God-given power that exists within each of us. It is, I believe, the very creative power of God in our souls. It is our freedom. And when we use our freedom for good in our lives and the lives of others, we experience tremendous exhilaration and we experience spiritual growth…and we positively impact lives.
Infused with the grace of God, our free will becomes even more powerful and creative. When, through prayer, we tap into the power of God in our souls, when we realize that God’s presence is within us, when we understand that God became man and united our humanity to his, our free will becomes the most powerful force in the world.
Today, make a decision to use your freedom to move forward in your life. This is your moment. God is giving you the grace to do it, but he wants you to take action.
Today, make one simple but powerful decision:
- Lace up your walking shoes and exercise…and feel good about it.
- Choose gratitude as your focus rather than negativity…and feel good about it.
- Write that letter you’ve been putting off…and feel good about it.
- Make the phone call you need to make…and feel good about it.
- Apologize to the person you know you’ve hurt…and feel good about it.
- Clean out your closet and give away those old clothes to charity…and feel good about it.
- Create that blog you’ve been wanting to start…and feel good about it.
Experience the power of God within you today. Just do one thing that you know will improve your life. Just one thing! And feel good about it! What will happen is that you’ll start to gain momentum. Forget about the past. And don’t worry about the future. Just make positive decisions today.
And here’s the secret: keep making positive decisions tomorrow…and don’t give up if you fail! We’re are going to have setbacks; but let’s make a decision: we’re not going to let any failure today stop us from making more positive decisions tomorrow.